The backpacker’s guide to Vietnam (you won’t find on Lonely Planet)
Another tip for my backpacker’s guide to Vietnam: don’t JUST eat the local stuff. As good as it is there are some incredible restaurants in Hanoi from Indian to Italian just jump in google and have a look. And then there’s Beer Street (look at us talking about beer again) which does what it says on the tin. You can sink a pint here for about $0.40…. seriously. Take $10 out with you and I guarantee you’ll have a great time. This is where you’ll also meet locals, backpackers, flashpackers, expats and everyone in between. On Friday and Saturdays the street comes alive with live music too! I did touch on this, but the shopping is great (and not all of it is fake). North Face clothes are produced in Vietnam which means you can get heaps of it out there super cheap. Expect to pay around $20-30 for a North Face Puffa Jacket. Happy days! From vintage shops to streetwear stores Hanoi is the place to sort out your wardrobe.
When you’re ready to leave Hanoi and if you have time head to Sapa mountains, you can do some wicked family stays here and really feel like you are away from everything. And then, of course, further north there’s Ha Long Bay. You could take a day trip here with the rest of the tourists, or you can do it Contiki style, and take a 2-day adventure on a private Chinese-Style junk boat, soaking up the sunrise and partying with your Contiki crew.
Either way, Vietnam is back open for business baby, and with this backpacker’s guide to Vietnam, I reckon you’re ready to take it by storm.